Church worker arrested for molestation of 12-year-old child

- An elderly man who works at a church in Kissimmee was arrested for the molestation of a 12-year-old child. 

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office says that they received a report about a 12-year-old child possibly being the victim of a sexual abuse by a neighbor. Deputies made contact with the victim who disclosed that. The victim says that 79-year-old Juan Efrain Navarro touched him in a lewd manner while on church property in Kissimmee. 

Deputies say they made contact with Juan Navarro, who is a Deacon at this church and maintains the property and lives on site. Navarro cooperated and admitted to committing sexual battery and lewd acts on the 12-year-old victim since May of 2018.

Navarro was arrested on four counts Capital Sexual Battery, 4 Counts of Lewd/Lascivious Molestation, and 6 Counts of Lewd/Lascivious Battery.

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office asks that that if anyone has any information concerning this case or any other concerning the abuse or mistreatment of a child to please call law enforcement immediately at at (407) 348-2222 or the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE.  

 

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